The 2015 Tech Impact Awards: Security



Location: Bothell | Employees: 65

Most security video, notes Apollo Video founder and CEO Rodell Notbohm, will never be viewed. The challenge is to identify what is useful from thousands of hours of recording from the city bus networks the company serves.

Its RoadRunner mobile video systems use wireless-enabled cameras so that digital recordings can be retrieved only as requested, to investigate specific incidents or to survey broadly how drivers interact with riders.

Notbohm says the systems improve service as well as safety, as querying video across interdependent routes can explain and resolve persistent delays. In major incidents similar to the Boston Marathon bombing, video from all buses crossing an area at certain times could be quickly found to aid police investigation.

Apollo Video’s systems are now used in more than 175 transit systems across North America, pushing Apollo’s yearly revenue growth over 50 percent each of the past eight years. Notbohm sees plenty of room for growth, especially as the company explores selling to trains as well in the wake of new National Transportation Safety Board recommendations. 


Location: Bellevue | Employees: 10

From the way they can’t be without them, it’s clear that many people’s smartphones have become their identity. Finsphere’s technology uses that reality to offer a convenient method of security authentication for credit card holders, matching geo-location information from a mobile phone to the location of a transaction for instant verification. Visa has licensed it for its customers to opt into through a banking app, and Visa expects it to reduce fraud activity by 30 percent. 

Location: Seattle | Employees: 20

With more transactions occurring online, enterprises worry about theft of customer data, because serious data breaches cost billions of dollars and cause serious damage to reputation. Centri’s BitSmart software helps close a major hole in online communications by adding an extra layer of tough-to-crack, end-to-end encryption that makes data and networks much more secure, protecting networks from hostile “denial of service” attacks. BitSmart is finding a welcome reception in financial services, along with health care, insurance, energy and retail enterprises.  

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